Making cards and reserving scrap – best ways to use brads

When I started making cards and booking scrap, although I knew a lot about it in the course of time, I picked up and learned so many new tips and tricks and I'm sure there are a lot more to discover.

One of my favorite accessories for making cards is brads, they come in all shapes and sizes and in a huge variety of colors.

There are so many things you can do with brads, when I started making cards I bought some silver and gold brads to see what I could think of. I mainly used them to create a template for a word that stands out, usually a happy birthday. Identity card cut a piece of card into a rectangle and use the flakes for the words, find a golden or silver mirror card and attach the words on the mirror card using 3D foam pads.

I would then use a small tool to make a hole in the word template all the way through my card, and then put the brads through the holes (one at each end) turn the card over and bend the back of the brads to keep them in place.

Even though this made the card look great, it meant that when the card was opened, you could see the back of the brads, so I would make an insert to hide the back of the brads or I would put the back of cover the card in front with another piece of card to hide them.

I did this almost a year until I realized that if I put the brad through the first piece of card where my letters or words were before I put it on the mirror card, the brads would have been in place, then I could use double-sided tape to attach the highlighted word to the card. This meant that I did not go through the actual card itself, so it was not necessary to cover the inside of the card because the back of the brads could not be seen.

It may seem obvious, but it took me a long time to think that this is a better way to fix brads to cards.

Brads come in so many different colors, but it is always the way you make a card of which you never have the desired color. I had an attempt to emboss one of my brads and it worked. Follow the same steps as for making a stamped image, cover the brad in ink, sprinkle your embossing powder over the ink and heat as usual.

Do not try to make the brad too hot, because it can make it braid and the backs can break. By using this method, you can make your brad any color you want.

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